Pregnancy Myths

If you and your partner are trying to have a baby, you probably only know too well just how many well-meaning people there are, who are more than ready to dispense advice on how to get pregnant. While a helpful tip at the right time may go a long way in helping you get pregnant, most of the information that’s in circulation, is based on misinterpretation or even old wives’ tales. So before you drive yourself into a frenzy trying to put every one of those tips into practice, make sure your efforts aren’t wasted on a myth.

Below is a list of some popular myths, doing the rounds. So read, stay aware and next time your friendly neighbourhood pregnancy advisor gives you one of those tips, smile and say thank you. And run.

You must quit exercising: Unlike other myths that are probably funny or even plain obnoxious, this one is downright unhealthy. Waddling into pregnancy with extra weight and low muscle strength is a less than desirable position to be in. While intense workouts may come in the way of you trying to get pregnant, exercise in moderation is not only healthy, but also necessary.

Men must not wear briefs: Though some studies have indicated that men who wear briefs have lower sperm counts than men who wear boxers, there is no statistical data to back up these findings. Also, there is a study proving the most trivial of things on a daily basis and another study countering it. So if you really want to know how to get pregnant, stop stressing about your man’s underwear. That might probably get in the way more than his briefs.

If you have sex on the 14th day of your menstrual cycle, you will get pregnant: The 14th day myth is probably the most popular one. While there is some truth to it, the 14th day itself, is only an approximate date for ovulation to occur in a perfect 28 day cycle. And most women, do not have a perfect 28 day cycle. So your chances of getting pregnant may be better if you kept a tab of the physical signs of ovulation.

Men should not ‘waste’ sperm in masturbation or sex other than during ovulation: While frequent sex does reduce sperm count, they are usually replaced within a couple of days. So unless your partner has a particularly low sperm count already or you’re both having sex like bunnies, there is no worry of sperm getting wasted. There’s enough and more to go around the years.

If you’re young and in good health, you will get pregnant easily: It’s an established fact that women are most fertile till the age of 35. This does not mean that women who have crossed that age will definitely have trouble conceiving. Or women below 35 will not. Age does affect your ability to conceive, but does not have the final say in it.

This list is by no means, exhaustive. The point is, if you want to get pregnant, just plug your ears and try!